Duke of Kent opens new £4m warehouse creating jobs in Cradley Heath
A new £4 million warehouse and manufacturing facility which will pave the way for 20 new jobs has officially been opened.
The Duke of Kent met A Perry & Co company directors who gave him a tour of the 100,000sq ft site in Cradley Heath.
The Duke, a grandson of King George V, marked its official opening by unveiling a plaque alongside Guy Perry, the firm’s group managing director.
The company bought the site on Doulton Road before refurbishing it and bringing in new equipment and machinery. Bosses say the development could bring up to 20 jobs on top of 15 recently created.
They raised a toast to the firm’s success during the event. The firm was founded in 1925 and is renowned for its hinges and ironmongery.
Some of the firm’s clients include Buckingham Palace, Wembley Stadium and HS2. It has also supplied studios that created Star Wars, Harry Potter and Doctor Who.
Mr Perry said: “We are honoured the Duke of Kent has opened our new distribution, warehouse and manufacturing facilities, marking 92 years of continued growth and expansion for our company.
"While other companies are retracting or standing still, Perry is continuing to offer full-time employment and apprenticeships to local people.
“We are consolidating our leadership position in our traditional markets while diversifying into new sectors with exciting developments and innovations.
"Our recent partnership with Aardmann is a significant example of this and we have several further major products and new range launches next year.”